Raleigh smiles can be repaired beautifully with porcelain dental crowns
It is important to have a damaged tooth fixed quickly. Whether from trauma, decay, or even an untreated cavity, a damaged tooth can be a stressful event. At our Holistic Dental Centers offices in Cary and Cornelius, we can repair damaged teeth with natural looking restorations such as dental crowns to keep Raleigh smiles whole and healthy.
A ceramic or porcelain crown is a popular option for teeth that are broken or decayed. They cover the surface of the tooth and can help prevent further damage that might lead to tooth loss or necessitate an extraction. Dental crowns may be needed in the following situations:
- Old, cracked metal fillings
- Severely decayed teeth
- Broken teeth
- Dental implants
- Dental bridges
The process for dental crowns typically requires two visits. During the initial appointment, the tooth will be examined and x-rays may be taken to evaluate the tooth root and surrounding bone. Next, the tooth will be prepared for the crown. Local anesthesia will be provided to numb the area and the doctor will work to either build up the tooth or reduce it to make ample room for the crown. Impressions are taken and sent off the laboratory for a custom fabricated restoration. A temporary crown is then placed to protect your tooth while you are waiting for the permanent crown.
Once your restoration is ready, you will return for a subsequent visit to have your temporary crown removed and the permanent one placed. The doctor will check for proper placement and fit, and make any necessary adjustments before permanently cementing it into place. The result is a restoration that looks and functions like a natural tooth.
At Holistic Dental Center, we believe in using biocompatible materials, as there is a strong connection between oral health and overall wellbeing. We only utilize metal free crowns. They are ideal because they produce little or no irritation in the body, making them a durable, attractive, and healthy material for restorations.
If you are near the Raleigh area and have a tooth that may benefit from a crown, or simply have questions about the advantages of biocompatible restorations, call our office today at 919-865-0700.